Software quality trade-offs: A systematic map

Document type: Journal Articles
Article type: Review
Peer reviewed: Yes
Author(s): Sebastian Barney, Kai Petersen, Mikael Svahnberg, Aybueke Aurum, Hamish Barney
Title: Software quality trade-offs: A systematic map
Journal: Information and Software Technology
Year: 2012
Volume: 54
Issue: 7
Pagination: 651-662
ISSN: 0950-5849
Publisher: Elsevier
URI/DOI: 10.1016/j.infsof.2012.01.008
ISI number: 000304387600001
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Computing (Sektionen för datavetenskap och kommunikation)
School of Computing S-371 79 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00
Language: English
Abstract: Background: Software quality is complex with over investment, under investment and the interplay between aspects often being overlooked as many researchers aim to advance individual aspects of software quality.

Aim: This paper aims to provide a consolidated overview the literature that addresses trade-offs between aspects of software product quality.

Method: A systematic literature map is employed to provide an overview of software quality trade-off literature in general. Specific analysis is also done of empirical literature addressing the topic.

Results: The results show a wide range of solution proposals being considered. However, there is insufficient empirical evidence to adequately evaluate and compare these proposals. Further a very large vocabulary has been found to describe software quality.

Conclusion: Greater empirical research is required to sufficiently evaluate and compare the wide range of solution proposals. This will allow researchers to focus on the proposals showing greater signs of success and better support industrial practitioners.
Subject: Software Engineering\General
Keywords: Software engineering, Software quality, Trade-off approaches